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Why Johnny Weir Is a Figure Skater, Not a Grammy Winner

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We’re just days away from what may by Johnny Weir’s final attempt at scoring an Olympic gold medal, as he approaches the 2010 Winter Games with about seventy-eight chips on his shoulder. All of which he’s displayed on Pop Star On Ice, the delightful docu-series build-up to an event that will either cement Weir as a world-class figure skater, or somewhere farther down the totem poll, closer to novelty athletic personality. In the meantime, there’s this: his karaoke rendition of Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats,” which is not very good, but Weir has made very public his wish to perform, rather than stick to technical skill.

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  • AlanInSLCutah

    Oh…my…god…that was torture.

  • jimmy

    He cracks me up.

  • Chris

    The hurt really begins at 00:35. Oh je.

  • Kieran

    I don’t mean to be unkind, but the next time Johnny starts to sing somebody should stick an ice skate in his mouth.

  • Lukas P.

    Let’s pretend this was karaoke night, ok? If he were a good friend of yours, you’d be doing him a kindness by encouraging him not to sing solo, and stick to backup vocals on old tunes by Diana Ross and the Supremes! Lord knows he’s got the glittery outfits to be a kickass Supreme!

    That said in all my snark, I wish him well in Vancouver. Skating, that is. Dancing on ice.

    Wise counsel: Singers use “Autotune” to fix their pitch; perhaps the media interviewers will use the same technology on his speaking voice? Oh crap, that was mean, wasn’t it. Mea culpa.

  • Qjersey

    Queerty should be recapping his show. It’s a total riot.

    Best line from last night went something like this.

    “and now I live alone and do everything alone, including sex”

  • hephaestion

    I think Johnny has great potential as a singer. Yes, his voice needs training – just as a skater needs training – but he definitely has a good voice which, with training, could be great. And he very, very cute.

  • terrwill

    Do you think he may be Gay??….. : P

  • Natasha Hulme

    Uh duh… it was karaoke, and that’s what 95 percent of the singers sound like at karaoke… o.k. in all fairness 95% are usually drunk off their butt, but I don’t think Johnny was going for grammy. He’s going for GOLD! And he’s a friend of mine. So enjoy it for what it is. A silly commercial for TEAM USA.

  • Richard in DC

    He’s still better than Taylor Swift at the Grammy’s

  • cybercitizen

    As JohnnyGWeir posted on his Twitter on February 4:
    Just found out that a karaoke video of me is on NBC Olympics website. Mortified. I cannot sing, and I will never claim to have talent. :)

    Oh well, Johnny is in good company. NBC put a bunch of our athletes on the Olympic team up to this.

  • B Damion

    @ยท terrwill ….Are you serious? Ms.Thang was singing her little heart out.

  • terrwill

    @B Damion: B, I was jus’ kiddin’, I just want to hear the words from her lips. I am fairly certain that Miss Weir has been singing songs betweeen gentlemens thighs for a long time……… : P

  • Fitz

    He sounds like he has a dead fox on his chest.

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